Greenpeace Launches iPhone Application Version of its Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide

Tool allows shoppers to find the greenest tissue products

Media release - May 11, 2009
Greenpeace announces today the release of an iPhone application for its popular “Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.” The tool created by 3rd Whale, gives consumers a quick and easy way to choose the greenest toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and paper napkins sold at the supermarket.

The guide gives a thumbs-up to Green Forest, Natural Value and Seventh Generation, while recommending that shoppers avoid products like Kleenex, Charmin, Angel Soft, Cottonelle, Brawny, and Scott.

Greenpeace recommends companies manufacturing paper products that: 1) contain 100 percent recycled content; 2) at least 50 percent of which is from post-consumer materials); and, 3) avoid the use of chlorine or chlorine compounds in the whitening process.

The guide rates facial tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, and paper napkins with a "Recommended," "Avoid," or "They Can Do Better" ranking.

Features of the application include:

• The ability to quickly compare household paper brands while in the grocery store;

• A list of environmentally preferable tissue, toilet paper, paper towel and paper napkin brands.

• Brand specific information including the percentage of recycled content, the percentage of post-consumer content, and the bleaching method.

"Tissue products made from recycled content help to reduce our impact on ancient forests, protecting forest ecosystems and wildlife habitat," said Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Lindsey Allen. "Customers who download the iPhone or Android version of the Greenpeace Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide can compare brands available at their local grocery store to find which brands are most environmentally sustainable.  For those interested in protecting ancient forests from clearcutting and supporting truly sustainable companies, this application makes informed decision making even more convenient."

The application is now available for download for the iPhone and Google Android at www.greenpeace.org/tissueguide.

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CONTACT: Daniel Kessler, Greenpeace Press Officer, cell: (970) 690-2728; email:

Lindsey Allen, Greenpeace Forest Campaigner, cell: (415) 710-5601; email:

Notes: The full Greenpeace Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper guide can be found at www.greenpeace.org/tissueguide Sampling of facial tissue results: Recommended: Green Forest, 365, Fluff Out, Seventh Generation, Natural Value They can do better: Marcal Small Steps, Trader Joe’s, Earth First, Avoid: CVS, Kirkland, Kleenex, Puffs, Target tissue, Wal-Mart tissue About Greenpeace Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. About 3rd Whale, the application’s designer 3rdWhale.com is "Mobilizing the Green Revolution." Beyond building its own applications, the company provides a unique mix of strategic services, crafting mobile solutions for values-aligned businesses and organizations. With offices in Vancouver and the Silicon Valley, 3rd Whale is privately owned. For more information, visit www.3rdwhale.com.

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